Dec 2, 2009, 4:58 PM
Advocates from 22 countries around
In a communiqué issued at the end of African Regional Strategy meeting on Tobacco Control, under the aegis of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), the
Article 5.3 of FCTC ensures protection of public health policies with respect to tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry. It states: "in setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law."
Article 11 seeks to address the issue of packaging and labeling of tobacco products, warning against promoting a tobacco products by any means that are false, misleading, deceptive or likely to create erroneous impression about its health effects on smokers.
Article 13 makes case for a comprehensive ban on advertising, promotion and sponsorship which, it hopes, would cut down on the consumption of tobacco products, among others.
In a display of renewed effort, the group also endorsed African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) as an umbrella body to harmonise the tobacco control efforts of non-governmental organisations in
The NGO-CSO network on Tobacco Control, The Gambia, is a composition of five formidable groups of 2 NGO's and 3 civil society organisations. The African Network for Information and Action Against Drugs (RAID - The Gambia) is one of the NGO's, and its director, Mr Sambujang Conteh, the chairperson of the